Valle TD

Surrounded by blockers Kyle Roth (51) and Peyton Tucker (58), Valle running back Cory “C.J.” Stoll breaks into the secondary en route to a 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Stoll also had a 44-yard scoring run in the quarter and finished with 152 yards on 15 carries in Valle’s 37-14 victory against Mid-Buchanan. (Photo by TOBY CARRIG/Herald staff)

After Valle’s 2018 football season came to an end in the Class 1 district final against eventual state champion Hayti, the Warriors had the goal of making it back to the state title game for the ninth time in 11 seasons.

The Warriors accomplished that goal Saturday afternoon, scoring on four of five drives in the second quarter to defeat the Mid-Buchanan Dragons 37-14 in the Class 1 state semifinal.

While Valle was selected to host the contest, rainy weather leading up to the game caused the Warriors staff to work with the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District to play the game at Dragons Stadium. Ste. Genevieve’s field is artificial turf whereas Valle’s is natural grass.

“It’s a very hard decision and a decision that we didn’t take lightly,” Valle coach Judd Naeger said about moving the game. “We value our fans, and we value all the people that have laid the groundwork and all the giants that we stand on the shoulders of. It was probably hard for some of them, but we had to make the decision on what was best for our football team for this season. I can’t give enough thanks to Ste. Genevieve High School, [superintendent] Julie Fleig, [athletic director] Jeff Nix, Mr. [Paul] Taylor [assistant superintendent], Mr. [Chris] Hoehne [high school principal], and coach Jay Pope for being able to do what needed to get done to allow us to play here. There were some logistical things that had to take place, and they did all those things for us. We certainly thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

See complete story in the December 4 edition of the Herald.